Thursday, 2 May 2013

Music: Wolf People - Fain album review

The old adage that if something isn’t broken then don’t start tinkering with it is one that London-based Wolf People seem to live by.

Their 2010 debut Steeple had its roots firmly planted in the prog/folk scene of the late-60s/early-70s, finding influence in bands like Focus, King Crimson and Rush.

With their Tolkienesque imagery, complex guitar riffs, and flute sections that could fit comfortable on any Jethro Tull record, it’s easy to dismiss them as throwbacks, but Steeple was a phenomenal album.

Fain, is no different. The band is still mining the same era of history for their influences – but this is no bad thing. Indeed, originality can come by looking to pilfer where others have not.

Indeed, Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala have made an art of emulating the Beatles at their most experimental, yet are the darlings of the indie music press.

Wolf People might not have shifted as many units as Tame Impala, but if Fain tells us anything, it is that Wolf People are superior song-writers.

Tracks like Empty Vessels and Hesperus are built around delightfully twiddly electric guitar noodling. When the Fire is Dead in the Grate and All Returns harken back to the indulgent, driving rock that could only be heard at a biker festival during the early hours of the morning.

Fain is the perfect album to blast out of your wound down windows on a summer afternoon whilst hurtling through the North Yorkshire Moors in a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429.

This article was originally featured in the Yorkshire Post, May 3, 2013.

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